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Academic Staff

The ECIC is the home of many internationally renowned academic staff along with visiting and Adjunct Professors and Fellows.

Core Academic Staff

Professor Noel Lindsay

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship)
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Commercialisation
Director, Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation & Innovation Centre

Professor Noel Lindsay dropped out of school at the age of 16 to start his first business which initially succeeded but then failed. Learning from this failure prompted him to complete his high school education of an evening while working during the day and then enter University. After completing his PhD in Commerce at The University of Queensland, Noel co-founded, developed, and harvested successful businesses in Australia, South Africa, and Malaysia. He also worked in the corporate insolvency field in the areas of company liquidations and receivership's and then in private equity as a Director of a $22 million venture capital fund that invested $1m-$3m in growth-oriented entrepreneurial ventures.

Noel is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a Fellow of CPA Australia. He holds a Practicing Certificate with both organisations . He also is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

His research interests include:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Venture finance

Read more about Noel's research interests and latest publications

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Professor Carolin Plewa

Professor and Deputy Director, ECIC

PhD, AFAMI CPM, Certificate 'Teaching at Universities', Diplom Betriebswirtin (FH Muenster)

Professor Carolin Plewa is a professor in marketing and Deputy Director of the ECIC. Her primary research interests lie in the areas of university-wide engagement, services and relationship marketing as well as corporate social responsibility.  Carolin was recently awarded an inaugural Barbara Kidman Women's Fellowship in 2013 following Australian Research Council Grants in 2009 and 2011.  Her research has been published in leading journals such as R&D Management, Education and Training, Psychology & Marketing, Journal of Services Marketing, Marketing Theory, the Australasian Marketing Journal, and the Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.

Her research interests include:

  • University-industry relationships
  • Science-to-business marketing
  • Use of  marketing principles for the commercialisation of research
  • Relationship marketing and organisational culture
  • Corporate Social Responsibility and sponsorship
  • Innovation management

Read more about Carolin's research interests and latest publications

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Dr Graciela Corral de Zubielqui

Senior Lecturer in Project Management
BA. Hons (Economics) (1996), MA (Studies in economics and Business Administration(2001), PhD Business and Management (2009), PMP (2012)

Dr. Graciela Corral de Zubielqui is a senior lecturer in Project Management. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Master in Economics and Business Administration, and a PhD in Business and Management.

From 2008 to the present, she held diverse appointments as a lecturer in the Business School, Adelaide University and a Research Associate in the School of Management, University of South Australia, and the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC), The University of Adelaide.

From 2001 to mid-2004, Graciela held positions at The National University of Rosario, Argentina and as a researcher at Economic Science Council and College of Graduates in Economic Science. From 1992 to 2001, has worked in diverse roles in private sector companies and as a consultant. She worked in projects which linked government departments, industry and university.

Her research interests include:

  • Innovation activities
  • Knowledge transfer for innovation purpose
  • Collaboration activities in SMEs
  • Impact of these activities on regional economic development

Read more about Graciela's research interests and latest publications.

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Dr Barry Elsey

PhD Program Coordinator, Senior Lecturer

Dr Barry Elsey is a leading academic in action research and adult education. Barry's insights into effective research techniques, change management and stakeholder engagement has resulted in him successfully supervising over 70+ PhD students. One of this recent endeavours is in innovative research and publications in the area of work applied learning.

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Dr Scott Gordon

PhD Program Director, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
PhD, MBA(Hons I), BEng

Dr Scott Gordon is the PhD Program Director and lecturer in entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC), The University of Adelaide. He has diverse multi-disciplinary experience, having conducted basic and applied research across physical, biological and social sciences. Originally trained in Electrical Engineering he spent more than a decade as a practicing professional engineer with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) developing innovative technologies for underwater acoustic remote sensing and mapping of seabed habitats.

Since 2005 Scott has been actively engaged as an entrepreneurship scholar and academic. He holds a MBA with First Class Honors and a PhD in Management, for which he received an Outstanding Doctoral Thesis citation. Prior to joining ECIC in January 2015 he held the position of research fellow with the Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research (ACE) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).

Scott's teaching interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. His research explores the complex relationships between conceptual discovery and behavioural exploitation dimensions of entrepreneurial action, and the temporal nature of organisational emergence. Scott's research appears in leading outlets including Entrepreneurship: Theory & Practice; Small Business Economics; and Advances in Entrepreneurship, Firm Emergence & Growth.

His research interests include:

  • Nascent entrepreneurship: new venture creation & the start-up process
  • Network dynamics: including social governance mechanisms such as trust
  • Entrepreneurial careers: the development of expertise & its influence on outcomes
  • Research methods: including novel quantitative techniques for studying processes

Read more about Scott's research interests and latest publications.

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Associate Professor Indra Gunawan

Postgraduate Program Director: Project Management

Associate Professor in Complex Project Management

Associate Professor Indra Gunawan received his PhD in Industrial Engineering and MSc in Construction Management from Northeastern University, USA. Prior to joining the University of Adelaide, he was the program coordinator for Maintenance and Reliability Engineering at Monash University. Indra, previously taught in the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand and worked as the Head of Systems Engineering and Management program at Malaysia University of Science and Technology (in collaboration with the MIT, USA).

His current research interests include system reliability modelling , maintenance optimisation, project management, applications of operations research, and operations management. He actively participates in the Asset Management Council, a technical society of Engineers Australia.

Indra's work has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals such as International Journal of Project Management; International Journal of Production Research; Reliability Engineering and System Safety; IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics; International Journal of Reliability; Quality and Safety Engineering; Quality and Reliability Engineering International; International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; and International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management.

Indra also serves as an Editorial Board member for International Journal of Project Organisation and Management; International Journal of Information Technology Project Management; and International Journal of Perform-ability Engineering.

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Dr Gary Hancock

Undergraduate Program Director: Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Ass Dip Business (Mgt), B. Bus (Management Information Systems), B. Business (Management) (Hons), CertIV Training and Assessment, PhD

Dr Gary Hancock has taught and developed courses in the areas of small business management, new venture creation, business consulting, and entrepreneurship (both face to face and on-line education modes). He has experience in designing and delivering an undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship which included coordinating the development and delivery of all the courses in the program.

Gary's academic experience includes teaching, course development, administration, leadership, student supervision, and student mentoring. Gary holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing.

Gary has also worked in a large telecommunications organisation both in a technical and senior management role. He spent over sixteen years starting, operating, and harvesting growth-oriented ventures in franchise and non-franchise environments. These businesses have been in the entertainment, telecommunications, business consulting, vocational education, and child care industries.

His research interests include:

  • Business incubation and financing start-up ventures
  • Current PhD research: Early stage venture financing
  • The phenomenon of how and why investors invest in new ventures started by entrepreneurs with whom they have a prior relationship

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Professor Fredric Kropp

Professor - Part-time appointment
PhD (University of Oregon), MBA (University of Southern California), MA Economics (Northeastern University), BA Social Science (Pratt University)

Professor Fredric Kropp is Professor of Entrepreneurship, Creativity and Innovation at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, California, where he was Chair of the Fisher International MBA Program. Prior to entering academia, Fredric worked as a consultant, specializing in market planning, market research, forecasting, policy analysis, and technology assessments.

Fredric has taught at Bond University in Australia and South Africa, the University of Oregon, and other major universities in the US and Canada. His key area of research is presently social entrepreneurship, in particular understanding the motivations of entrepreneurs, how they identify opportunities and how they create ventures. He also conducts research of entrepreneurship success factors and consumer behaviour .

Fredric's main role at the ECIC is working on joint research projects with Professor Noel Lindsay.

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Dr Wendy Lindsay

Online Program Coordinator, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
PhD Entr , M Adv Bus, MBA

Dr Wendy Lindsay is the Online Program Coordinator and a lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Adelaide. Her teaching experience has encompassed a range of entrepreneurship courses including entrepreneurship and innovation, foundations of entrepreneurship, opportunity assessment, entrepreneurial enterprises, business planning, new venture creation, and financing entrepreneurial ventures.

Wendy has extensive business experience, including general management and consultancy services. She has also founded/co-founded businesses in the areas of financial management and administration, hospitality, tourism accommodation, e-learning streaming media, offshore Indigenous entrepreneurship training, and vocational education.

Wendy also has broad experience in course development of face-to-face, blended learning, fully online, and distance delivery models, and has taught at a number of institutions including The University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Bond University.

Her research interests include:

  • Social and business entrepreneurship
  • Nascent and necessity entrepreneurs

Read more about Wendy's research interests and latest publications.

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Dr Carmen Reaiche

Associate Head - Learning and Teaching ECIC
PhD, MBA, BCSc, BBA (Hons)

Dr Carmen ( Joham ) Reaiche’s main expertise is in Systems Thinking and Project Management. Prior to joining The University of Adelaide and since coming to Australia in 1993 she has held a number of senior management positions as well as academic appointments, where she has coordinated various undergraduate and postgraduate courses. In industry she designed and project managed the implementation of information systems and policy processes for businesses such as Mobil, IBM, Centrelink and Business SA. She completed a Master of Business Administration from the Adelaide University soon after arriving to Adelaide and balanced her day work activities with evening teaching. In 2006 Carmen completed her PhD with UniSA in the area of Self-organising Systems, has published over 40 refereed articles and supervised 6 PhD completions. Her present research interests include project management, policy making systems, teaching and learning from a cross cultural perspective and social network aspects of business management models.

Due to her diverse cultural background Carmen has also been engaged in various South Australian Spanish and Lebanese migration and cultural programs. In 1998 she was one of the key founders of the S.A Spanish Federation and managed several Government grants which resulted in the building of 2 nursing homes and a primary school in the S.A. Spanish Community. As a member of the Lebanese community, she holds a chair position in the S.A. Lebanese Women’s Association and volunteers in the S.A. Elder Abuse Prevention Association. Her community engagement and participation also includes a number of offshore projects. In November 2009 she became a member of and serves as an advisor to the UNESCO Lebanese Training Professionals Program which helps women from Arab countries . Since 2006 she has also been an active member of RES Foundation Australia Inc., where she sits on the Advisory Board. Among other aims, RES seeks to alleviate Bangladesh’s rural poverty through financial capability development and the empowerment of women.

Read more about Carmen's research interests and latest publications.

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Professor Frank Schultmann

Professor of Complex Project Management
Dr. rer . pol. habil., Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur

Professor Frank Schultmann holds a Professorship of Business Administration at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and heads the KIT’s Institute for Industrial Production (IIP) and the French-German Institute for Environmental Research (DFIU).

Frank studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Karlsruhe. He completed his doctoral thesis in 1998 and his postdoctoral lecture qualification – babilitation – in 2003 at the Faculty of Economics and Management. Prior to his present positions he was Professor of Industrial Management at the University of Koblenz-Landau and holder of the Chair of Business Administration, Construction Management and Economics at the University of Siegen.

He was Editor of an international leading scientific journal and is member of several editorial boards. Frank served as elected chairman of several scientific boards and is coordinator of international task forces and member of numerous international committees. He conducted various research projects on national and international level and has been awarded with several research grants and prices.

Frank's research interests include sustainable production and logistics, decision support, supply chain management and optimization , systems engineering, project management, technology assessment, construction management, and information and communication technologies. This goes along with various industry collaborations. Among others Frank has worked with companies from resource industries, automotive, chemical, construction, security, food, transport and logistics.

Professor Paul Steffens

Professor of Entrepreneurship
Program Director, Postgraduate Innovation & Entrepreneurship Programs
PhD, BE (Hons I)

Professor Paul Steffens is Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Commercialisation & Innovation Centre (ECIC), The University of Adelaide. His core areas of expertise are entrepreneurship and diffusion of innovations. Paul has been a lead investigator for research projects totalling more than AUD1.5 million and has published over fifty academic publications, including journal articles in leading entrepreneurship, marketing and technology management journals.

Previous appointments include Director of the Technology and Innovation Management Centre, University of Queensland, academic positions at University of Queensland and Monash University and visiting positions at University of Kiel, Penn State University and Southern Illinois University. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours I) and a PhD in diffusion of innovations, both from the University of Queensland.

Paul has also consulted for a wide variety of both business and public agencies. His clients include Energex, Waitrose (UK), Agribuys (USA), IPAA, Queensland Department of Primary Industries, Monsanto, Bunge, Franklins, Solutions Research and the Meat Research Corporation.

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Professor Alex Gorod


Professor Alex Gorod is a Professor at the University of Adelaide and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Zicklin School of Business, City University of New York, teaching courses in the areas of complex project management, systems engineering, engineering management, systems thinking, and operations management. Alex is a recipient of several awards, including the Fabrycky-Blanchard Award for Excellence in Systems Engineering Research and Robert Crooks Stanley Fellowship in Engineering Management.

Alex’s primary research focus is on management of complex adaptive systems, having authored and co-authored numerous publications, including scientific articles, book chapters and patents. In addition, Alex co-edited a textbook, titled “Case Studies in System of Systems, Enterprise Systems, and Complex Systems Engineering.” His research appeared in such journals as International Journal of Project Management, IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Magazine, IEEE Systems Journal, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Transportation Research Record, and Entrepreneurship Research Journal, among others. Alex holds a PhD in Engineering Management from Stevens Institute of Technology and actively participates in multiple professional organizations, including INCOSE, IEEE, ASEE, SDS, ERS, and others.

Alex is also founder and managing member at SystemicNet, LLC, managing partner at Social Media Risk, LLC, and a partner at MountAVA, LLC.

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Professor Stephen Cook

BTech (UniSA), MSc (Kent, UK), GradDip (UniSA), PhD (City, UK), CEng, FIET, FIEAust, CPEng, INCOSE Fellow, NER

Professor Stephen Cook has had a varied career that commenced with ten years in the telecommunications and aerospace industries in the UK and Australia, working as a design engineer and technical manager. Over that period he designed 13 products or systems that were sold around the world, some in high volume.

He subsequently joined the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) rising to Research Leader Military Information Networks in 1994 responsible for the management and scientific leadership of 70 research staff. In 1997 he was seconded to the University of South Australia where he was appointed Professor of Systems Engineering and led a variety of research concentrations in that discipline culminating in a five-year appointment as the founding Director of the Defence and Systems Institute. Over his 17 years at UniSA, he pursued a wide span of research interests including systems mathematical modelling , systems engineering of C2 systems, systems approaches for defence capability development, systems of systems engineering, and developing theoretical frameworks to support the coherent teaching of systems engineering. He has supervised 23 successful research students, mostly PhDs. At UniSA, Stephen was responsible for overseeing the introduction of several master’s degrees in systems engineering and project management and actively taught in all of these.

In 2014 Stephen left UniSA and became the Principal of the consulting firm Creative Systems Engineering that undertakes management consulting in systems engineering and related disciplines primarily in the defence sector. He retains his interests in academic matters through his adjunct professorships at the University of Adelaide, the University of South Australia and Loughborough University, UK.

Professor Cook is listed in Who’s Who in Australia, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering (USA) and Who’s Who in the World for his contributions to systems engineering. He has also received recognition through a variety of awards such as the Secretary of Defence’s Award for Achievement, Engineers Australia Engineering Excellence Award for Research, best paper awards, and his election to the small group of INCOSE Fellows and Full Members of the Omega Alpha Association honour society in systems engineering. He is also a Fellow of Engineers Australia, a Fellow of the IET (UK), and is a past President of the Systems Engineering Society of Australia.

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Dr Sam Baroudi

Undergraduate Program Director: Bachelor of Project Management (ECIC)

Dr Bassam Baroudi is responsible for the centre’s new Bachelor of Project Management program. He is also a senior lecturer and teaches in the Master of Applied Project Management program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Building Technology as well as a Masters and a Doctorate in Project Management.

Prior to coming to academia Sam worked on various building projects across Australia and was a director of commercial construction company Baroudi Zoina Pty Ltd. Post industry Dr Baroudi worked at the University of South Australia where he held a prominent role as the program director for postgraduate project management programs. During this time he redeveloped the Master of Project Management program twice and delivered an online version via Open Universities Australia.

Sam is an active researcher. His research generally focuses on applying project management concepts to diverse fields and he has been widely published. He also has an ongoing research collaboration with Purdue University a leading research institution in the U.S.A.

His specific research interests include:

  • Project Management Applications
  • Disaster Management and Recovery
  • Construction Management Practices
  • Project Management Education

Dr Chengli Shu

Senior Lecturer - Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Dr Chengli Shu is a senior lecturer in the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Formerly, Chengli has worked for the University of New South Wales, Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Queensland University of Technology. Chengli held several leadership positions in the Chinese government and a Fortune 500 company for years.

Chengli’s research interests include entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategy. He has published over 20 papers in peer-reviewed journals, including the Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Journal of International Marketing, Long Range Planning, Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings, among others. He has contributed several book chapters on innovation and entrepreneurship. Chengli has been the principal investigator for one general research project funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China and one general research project funded by the Shaanxi Provincial Government. Chengli is also a key member of several research projects funded by the Chinese government.

Currently, Chengli is sitting on the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behavior and Research and is the Editor of the Journal of Open Innovation: Technology, Market & Complexity. Chengli serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 10 international leading journals, an external reviewer for the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Director of the Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity. Chengli has won the Best Paper Award from the Technology and Innovation Division of Academy of Management in 2010 and several awards from the Chinese government. Chengli has been selected as a Doctoral Fellow of the 2011 AMA Sheth Foundation Doctoral Consortium held at the Oklahoma State University and the inaugural PDMA-UIC Doctoral Consortium on New Product Development and Innovation in 2011 held in the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Professor Kristian Livolsi

Adjunct Professor – Entrepreneur in residence

Prof Kristian Livolsi is a strategic and performance focused entrepreneur and innovator with more than 20 years’ experience in leading people. Described as transformational, he directs, advises, chairs and innovates several successful organisations. His experience encompasses obstacles, victories, success, failure and renewal.

Dedicated to continuous learning and development, Kristian is completing his Master in Business and Administration. He has completed the AICD Company Directors Course, holds a Graduate Certificate in Business and Administration, a Diploma of International Hotel Management from ICHM and a Diploma of Hotel Management from Le Cordon Bleu.

He is the Patron of Innovation in the City and Brand Ambassador for Youth Opportunities.

He is an alumnus of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Australian Young Restaurateur of the Year, Australian Young Achiever of the Year, Smart50 Awards, and the Entrepreneur Organisation Awards. However, he notes his greatest achievement as Leonardo, his first born.

Kristian has spent the last 8 years living in the shadows so he could fully focus his energy on renewal, personal and professional development and finding his deeper purpose in life.

He has ties with federal government and provides executive advice to public, private and government organisations in Energy, Hospitality and Digital Media.

His current personal portfolio includes;

EnergyDNA, Love Eneregy, IDC, Tribal Commerce, KNQR, Losers Win, Media Sociale, iChinaSocial, Tianchan, Elitnexu, Rob Roy Hotel, The Taxpayer, The Burgery, Seriously Good Food and Est. 1840 Investments and Property.

His vision statement;
To be an authentic leader who influences change in the world that contributes positively to society. To be an inspiration to others so they can have the belief, attitude and action required to achieve what they desire.

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Dr Matthew McKinlay

Australian eChallenge Lecturer
PhD, BComm (Hons)

Dr Matthew McKinlay is a researcher of technological evolution and innovation. Theoretically he explores concepts of combination and exaptation, how using existing technologies for uses they were originally not intended can lead to radically new advance. As part of his research he has interviewed many key people in the field including Cary Sherman (Chairman and CEO Recording Industry of America), Hank Barry (CEO Napster), Professor Karlheinz Brandenberg (creator of mp3) and Jon Rubinstein (Head of Apple's iPod division) among others.

Matthew is also the lecturer of the eChallenge. Matthew has a focus on teaching the importance of trial and error and the role of feedback in the development of new ideas. His teaching is inspired by many, but notably the ideas of Nathan Rosenberg, George Basalla and Brian Arthur on innovation, and the practical and often counter intuitive advice of Andy Rachleff, Howard Marks and John Doer on ideas and entrepreneurship. He has won teaching awards, most recently being one of 12 lecturers awarded in the student voted teaching awards across the University in 2016.

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Visiting and Adjunct Professors
Professor Thomas Joerg Baaken

Professor Thomas Joerg Baaken

Adjunct Professor
PhD, PhD habil

Professor Thomas Baaken has extensive experience in the applied sciences industry, and was appointed Adjunct Professor with the ECIC in 2008. Since 1992, he has held a position as Tenure Professor in Marketing at the Münster University of Applied Sciences MUAS, and he also holds International Fellowships at VU Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands, IHI Zittau of Technical University Dresden, Germany and at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences in Finland.

In 2002 Thomas founded the 'Science-to-Business Marketing Research Centre', which is creating Marketing Strategies for Research. Thomas is a published author, with a strong background in research strategies, industrial liaison, entrepreneurial activities, technology transfer and marketing. He also serves on a number of highly ranked committees and expert panels.

Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk


Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk

Visiting Research Fellow
BMgmt (Intl Mktg), BMgmt (Hons), PhD Social Entrepreneurship (University of Adelaide)

After a nine-year career working for Microsoft in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia, Eva completed doctoral research in 2013 investigating the strategic concepts that inform the business model strategies of non-profit social enterprise in Australia. Eva is also interested in better understanding innovation capabilities and the entrepreneurial orientation of social enterprises, as well as the educational benefits of team based learning. She has experience in mixed research methodologies, specifically concept mapping and Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), that allow for both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Eva is the State Director for Microsoft in South Australia, and works to support the development of innovation capabilities within SA Government, and the South Australian community.

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Associate Professor Piet Beukman


Associate Professor Piet Beukman

Adjunct Associate Professor
BEng (Stellenbosch), BEng (Hons) (Pretoria), MEng (Pretoria), COP Research Management & Technology Transfer (British Columbia), MIPENZ

Associate Professor Piet Beukman has 40 years international experience in the field of engineering management, technology management and commercialisation of technology, as well as training at university and industry level. Piet has a specific interest in the development of business strategy. He is highly regarded in New Zealand and internationally as a practitioner with a sound track record of achievement who uses a practical, but rigorous, approach.

Piet's experiences are many and varied and include being the chief engineer of an airline, systems development advisor in the defence , marine consulting engineering and aerospace industries, and as Director of Technology Commercialisation at the University of South Australia. Piet is also a retired shareholder in an angel investment company – now cashed up. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Canterbury Innovation Incubator and the Christchurch Recovered Materials Foundation, taking this project from concept to commercial reality as project manager followed by being its founding CEO.

He received a national award for drafting legislation to control the non-proliferation of dual use technologies as well as the founding legislation for the South African National Space Agency (SANSA).

Piet is currently Director of the Engineering Management Programme and a former director of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Canterbury. He also teaches in the MBM at Canterbury and in the MBA at the University of Otago. Piet mentors CEOs, consults with businesses and he also delivers training workshops to industry.

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Emeritus Professor Laurence Murray Gillin

Adjunct Professor

During a career spanning over 50 years he worked in the fields of Defence Science and Technology as an Engineer, Research Scientist and as Defence Research Attaché in the Australian Embassy Washington, USA.; and in education as Dean of Engineering, Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry/Academic Liaison) and Director Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship at Swinburne University of Technology. He has special interests in wealth creation from engineering and innovation (is Past President of the Institution of Engineers, Australia ), in work integrated learning (is Past-President of the World Association for Co-operative Education), and in entrepreneurship education and research (was Founding Chairman of the AGSE Entrepreneurship Research Conference 2004-2009).

In 2004 Murray was elected a Life Member of the BCERC Entrepreneurship Research Conference (USA), in 1994 was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and on Australia Day 1997, was awarded with an AM (Member of the Order of Australia ) for his work in engineering, innovation and ongoing professional education.

Murray was the winner of the Inaugural 2001 Best Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year having founded Australia's and the World's first Masters Degree in Entrepreneurship and Innovation in 1989. In 1994 he initiated the development of the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as a viable commercial enterprise and joint venture between Swinburne University of Technology and Ernst & Young and created the AGSE Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame in 2006. Murray was a co-founder of the Pitcher Partners Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in partnership with ECIC. He is particularly interested in social and corporate entrepreneurship research and intuition in decision making.

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Dr Leonie Hallo

Adjunct Senior Lecturer
PhD (Gold Star award, University of Adelaide), BA (Hons, 1st class)

Dr Leonie Hallo is a registered psychologist and has practised in clinical and counselling psychology in various settings, both private and public. She has specialized in stress and depression management, hypnosis, coping with cancer and workplace injuries. As a consultant, Leonie has provided psychological assessment, cognitive behaviour change, staff and customer satisfaction reporting, 360° feedback processes and executive coaching. She has been in academic life for many years, and has lectured in research methods, psychology and counselling and also supervised many doctoral students in management/business in offshore programs. She has also designed and facilitated Masters level subjects within the fields of leadership and management. Her qualifications include a PhD in psychology, Diploma of Hypnosis, Myers Briggs Accreditation and Certificate IV in assessment and workplace training. Her current research interests include organisational climate and change, values based organizational development, work and older workers and complexity management and leadership.

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Dr Karlson (Charlie) James Hargroves

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Development Fellow
B.E(Civil), PhD (Sustainability Transitions)

Dr Charlie Hargroves is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and an internationally renowned sustainability researcher, strategist and author. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute, and is the Sustainable Development Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide.

Charlie is a co-founder of 'The Natural Edge Project' (TNEP), a Sustainability Think-Tank focused on research, education, policy development and strategy for sustainable development. He works on a series of projects with the TNEP and CUSP teams, predominantly focussed on sustainability across technology policy, capacity building, and behaviour change.

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Emeritus Professor Vernon Ireland
BEng, BA, MSc, PhD Proj Mgt

Professor Vernon Ireland is Director of Project Management for the University of Adelaide.  He is also currently Deputy Chair of Engineers Australia's national Centre of Leadership and Management, and a member of Engineers Australia's National Congress of Leadership.

Professor Ireland spent twelve years in the commercial sector as Corporate Development Director of Fletcher Challenge Construction, working mainly in the USA, before becoming Chief Executive of the Australian Graduate School of Engineering Innovation. He was appointed Professor and Director of Project Management at the University of Adelaide in 2003, with the task of establishing the Master of Project Management.

Professor Ireland's role as Director of Project Management, sees him supervise a number of Ph.D. students who are researching the role of complex systems.

His research interests include:

  • The project management of system of systems
  • Complex Systems

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Associate Professor Anton Jordaan

Adjunct Associate Professor
BCom, BCom.Hons (Accounting), MCom (UJ), MBA(Bond), MAdvBusPr(UniSA),PhD (Adelaide), CPA

Associate Professor Anton Jordaan originally trained as an accountant and tax specialist. Five years after setting up an accounting and tax consultancy, he sold his shares to his partners and set out to establish, grow and harvest a number of business ventures in the education and training sector. In subsequent years, one of his businesses was acquired by a stock exchange listed company; and a few years later his business was involved in an IPO. Following the IPO he served as a director of this newly listed stock exchange listed company for a period of 2 years.

In addition to the corporate strategic leadership and financial roles, Anton has maintained an interest in education and training, and has 25 years teaching experience in the delivery of education and training courses to postgraduate students and managers in corporations. He has delivered business improvement and capacity building courses in North America, UK, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Courses presented include Strategic Management, Project Management, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, and Accounting.

After attaining a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting, he completed an Honours degree in Accounting, a Master of Commerce degree in Business Management, a MBA degree and a Master of Advanced Business Practice degree. He completed a PhD at The University of Adelaide and is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of Adelaide’s Entrepreneurship Centre for Innovation and Commercialisation (ECIC), as well as the Project Management Academy at QUT in Brisbane.

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Dr Patricia McDougall-Covin

Professor Patricia McDougall-Covin, PhD

Adjunct Professor

Patricia McDougall-Covin is the William L. Haeberle Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Institute for International Business at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. She served as Associate Dean of the Kelley School of Business from 2004-2009. Dr. McDougall is an Academy of International Business Fellow, a 21st Century Entrepreneurship Research Fellow, former Vice-President-Programs for the Academy of International Business and former Entrepreneurship Division Chair in the Academy of Management.

She and her frequent co-author are widely credited with pioneering the growing academic field of international entrepreneurship and were presented the JIBS Decade Award for their 1994 article on the early internationalization of new ventures. The award is given to the Journal of International Business Studies article that has had the most significant impact on international business research during the past decade.

Dr. McDougall-Covin has received several teaching and research recognitions, including Indiana University’s Trustees’ Teaching Excellence Recognition Award and the Kelley School’s Full Professor Research Excellence Award. She has co-edited four books and published numerous articles which appear in a variety of academic and professional journals, including AMJ, JBV, ETP, SMJ, JIBS, MIR and JOM. She is a current or former member of ten editorial boards. Her research has been presented in the business press, including Inc. magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Her business teaching cases appear in more than twenty-five leading textbooks.

Patricia has consulted on strategic management with units of The Coca-Cola Company in Germany, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina, Guatemala, Costa Rica and the US. She has been an active presenter and developer of executive programs for companies such as Alcoa, BellSouth, Bosch, Boston Scientific, Delta AirLines, Duke Energy, Elli Lilly, Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Fifth Third Bank, Firestone, John Deere, Kimball International, Lockheed Martin, USG, and Western Union . In addition, she has assisted numerous entrepreneurial firms and several not-for-profit organizations such as The Carter Presidential Center in their strategic planning process.

Prior to joining Indiana University, she was a Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, she served as the co-principal investigator of two major National Science Foundation grants with the Electrical and Computer Engineering School and the Engineering Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in strategy from the University of South Carolina.

Professor Göran Roos

Professor Göran Roos

Adjunct Professor
MSc, MBA, AdvPostDip

Göran Roos is a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and of the Council for Flinders University. He is a Stretton Fellow appointed by the City of Playford at University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre, University of Adelaide; Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney Business School; and Adjunct Associate Professor in the College of Business, Nanyang Business School, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Göran is a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) and of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

He was a member of the Prime Ministers Manufacturing Leaders Group and has been both a member of the board and chairman of the board for VTT International in Finland as well as Visiting Professor of Innovation Management and Business Model Innovation at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland [where he still holds the title of Professor]; Senior Advisor to Aalto Executive Education Academy in Helsinki; Professor in Strategic Design in the Faculty of Design, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; Honorary Professor at Warwick Business School in the UK; Adjunct Professor at Mawson Institute, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia; Visiting Professor of Intangible Asset Management and Performance Measurement at the Centre for Business Performance, Cranfield University; part-time visiting Intellectual Capital Adjunct at Melbourne Business School, Mt. Eliza Centre for Executive Education and part-time Industrial Professor of Strategy and Internationalisation at the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. He has also been on the International Advisory Group (IAG) for DesignGov, the Australian Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Design; a member of CSIRO’s Manufacturing Sector Advisory Council; a Visiting Research Associate in technology-based business development at the Institute for Policy Science located at the University of Saitama Campus Kita-Urawa, Japan and in Biotechnology at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, and in Intellectual Capital at Henley Management College. He has also been a member of Valio’s International Scientific Board and was a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Human Resource Costing and Accounting.

Göran is the founder or co-founder of several companies in many countries and is presently the Managing Director for Innovation Performance Pty Ltd. He has also worked as a consultant in more than 50 countries as well as having served in management positions in several European and US-based corporations and he has been supporting the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing in Australia.

Göran is one of the founders of modern intellectual capital science and a recognised world expert in this field as well as a major contributor to the thinking and practice in the areas of strategy and innovation management as well as industrial and innovation policy.

Göran is the author and co-author of over two hundred books, book chapters, papers and articles on Intellectual Capital, Innovation Management, Strategy and Industrial Policy many of which have been recognised with awards. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Strategic Change Management; the International Journal of Learning and Intellectual Capital; the Journal of Intellectual Capital; and 设计 She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation.

Göran was named one of the 13 most influential thinkers for the 21st Century by the Spanish business journal “Direccion y Progreso” and was appointed “Manufacturing for the Future” Thinker in Residence by the South Australian Premier for the year 2011 and an appointed member of the Prime Minister’s Manufacturing Leaders Group 2012/2013. He was selected for Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) Top 10 Speeches 2013: A collection of the most influential and interesting speeches from the CEDA platform in 2013 for the speech: “The future of manufacturing in Australia: Innovation and productivity” at the launch of CEDA’s major research publication for 2013, Australia Adjusting: Optimising national prosperity.

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Associate Professor John Sing

Adjunct Associate Professor
BBus (Accounting), Grad Dip Ed (Sec), Masters in Accounting (UNE) and Doctorate of Business Administration (SCU)

As a Company Director and Adjunct Associate Professor, John has a number of years of experience in both industry and academia. The combination of the technical accounting/auditing domain together with his education and business management qualifications integrate extremely well in bringing relevancy to his current role. Prior to establishing his own consulting and professional development training company, John had worked for over 6 years as Chief Financial Officer within the Queensland Public Sector where he was responsible for leading and implementing the Government’s financial and economic reform agenda. This included overseeing the organizations transition from cash based to accrual accounting, financial reporting in accordance with international accounting standards, management reporting to the CEO and governing board of directors, risk and project management (strategic and operational) and commercializing the water and wastewater business units.

John has conducted numerous management, leadership, risk, financial and project management courses for both private and public sector organizations in Australia, North America Europe and Asia Pacific. He was recruited to industry after having been a full-time academic where he has researched and taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in the domains of financial accounting, auditing, project and risk management. He is currently involved in the development and delivery of specialized governance for directors, project management, finance, financial accounting and risk management programs in a number of national and international destinations. He is also currently delivering post graduate award courses in finance and project management.

Current Positions:

  • Director and CEO of Ramafin Pty Ltd

Previous Positions Held:

  • CFO/Finance Director, CERT, Abu Dhabi, UAE (5 yrs)
  • Director Corporate Services, Noosa Shire Council (3 yrs)
  • Gold Coast City Council (5 years) including:
    • Commercial Accountant – Gold Coast Water
    • Chair – Corporate Asset Management
    • Coordinator Financial Accounting – Corporate Finance
  • Lecturer, Accounting auditing & finance (10 years)

Current Projects

  • International Oil Company – Finance in projects, governance risk & assurance - principal facilitator for courses in both Europe and North America.
  • Accredited facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FOD, NFP and CDC courses)
  • Project and Risk management workshops for Queensland Public Sector entities
  • Business advisor to Queensland Local Government entities in the development of strategic asset management plans and integration with the long term financial plan.
  • Course facilitator for the Masters in Applied Project Management

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Mr Simon John Cameron Williams

Adjunct Fellow
M.Ent, M.Env, B.Ec, AssDipLibSt.

Simon Williams has extensive domestic and international experience in all aspects of sourcing, evaluating, funding and developing business opportunities. He has been a company director, investor, small business owner, and has worked in large corporations.

Simon’s previous roles include CEO of Itek , which is UniSA’s commercialisation company, State Manager of the Australian Institute for Commercialisation, and founded several small businesses. His directorships include six companies in the fields of cleantech, biotechnology and ICT.

Simon has a background in finance and brings know-how in managing equity, knowledge transfer, intellectual property and negotiating partner agreements across research organisations and industry sectors both nationally and internationally. He provides professional facilitation services specialising in value chains and accelerating commercialisation. His formal qualifications include a Masters in Entrepreneurship, Masters in Environmental Studies, and undergraduate degrees in Economics and Ethics. He has also lectured nationally and internationally.

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